We usually don’t have to wait long before someone asks, “What has been your favorite place?” When we see old friends or meet new people, they are aghast to discover that we’ve been traveling nonstop for three years with no home or permanent address. In that three years our route took us across, up, and down the US, two summers in Canada, and around the world in an epic trip lasting more than a year. Their curiosity usually boils down to that one simple question.
“Hmmm.. . Well, how could we choose from so many great places…” we say, stumbling for a good answer. The other day we decided enough was enough. We really needed a better answer to that simple question.
During the past three years, we’ve visited 16 countries. So, we should start with those, but how do we compare Turkey with Cambodia or New Zealand? That seems impossible! After a lot of discussion, we decided to divide the world into geographic regions and choose a favorite country from each group,
Region 1: Asia. Countries visited; Cambodia, China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
Two places stood out for us as places that both exceeded our expectations and we expect to return on a future visit. And it’s crazy that already in this first region we can’t choose which of our two finalists is the best.
Region 2: Australasia. Countries visited; Australia, New Zealand.
Region 3: Africa. Places visited; Canary Islands (Spain), Madeira Islands (Portugal), Morocco, Tanzania.
Region 4: Europe. Countries visited; Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey.
Portugal was the only country in this group we’d never been to before. So, maybe it’s not a coincidence that new-to-us Portugal topped the others, though Chania (in Crete), Greece was a close second.
We think we were very lucky to have had so many “favorites.” What’s yours?